Hello and Welcome to our first Blog for HumiForm. While this product was originally intended for humidifying cigars, we've had a moment of inspiration that maybe HumiForm has a place in the fight against the Corona Virus. This is NOT an area we've dealt with previously, so please bare with us as we proceed.
HumiForm draws water from a reservoir and transfers as water vapor inside a cigar humidor. What if we can deliver diluted chlorine vapor instead, using Sodium Hypochlorite (a.k.a. common bleach)? Would this create a way to disinfect your mail, packages or other items? We think so.
Testing is underway where we have initially mixed up a 4 to 1 blend of distilled water and bleach in a standard HumiForm reservoir, and placed inside a plastic storage bin with closed lid. Literature suggests that chlorine may kill viruses in a matter of minutes, although most of what we've uncovered is based on the use of liquids rather than vapor/fumes. We'd expect longer exposure to be necessary with HumiForm, with an emphasis on safety over speed.
Here are some photos showing the configuration of HumiForm with the water/bleach mixture in testing.
UPDATE: An hour into testing, the filament is soaked as expected, but the fumes are barely noticeable. Increased the strength to 2 to 1 distilled water to bleach.
Four hours into testing, the fumes are still barely noticeable. Increased the strength to a ratio of 1 to 1 distilled water to bleach.
Nine hours into testing, the fumes are fairly noticeable at a 1 to 1 ratio of distilled water and bleach. It's reminiscent of a hotel indoor swimming pool.